2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost
.Back in January, spy photographers spotted the first prototypes of the "baby" Rolls-Royce at BMW's test center in the Arctic Circle. The car has now been photographed on a busy street and in detail by our spy photographers.
As previously reported, the new Roller is expected to share a platform with the next-generation 7-Series. Rolls-Royce will utilize the Bimmer platform to build a less expensive luxury car. Of course, "less expensive" in this case means the $150,000 to $200,000 range.
Despite the baby Rolls' close connection with the 7-Series, the two car's won't share any visible interior designs or parts. The new Rolls-Royce model will also have a unique wheelbase, as well as a unique roof and hood hight and track.
The new model will also use a unique range of engines, though they will likely be based on BMW engines — such as the twin-turbo V8 slated for duty in the X6. Sources also say that Rolls-Royce is considering offering the new car with a diesel option.
Look for the Baby Rolls to hit dealer showrooms in late 2009.